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Study: Wind Power ‘May be Less Than Thought’

Study: Wind Power ‘May be Less Than Thought’

Wind power may in some conditions manage to produce less energy than its supporters believe it can, two U.S. researchers suggest. In the latest contribution to the debate over wind’s potential, they say they have found evidence that some of the largest wind farms may cause effects which substantially reduce their generating capacity. The research,… Read More

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

Storm That Wouldn’t End Takes Toll on New England

As expected, the Friday morning high tide brought major coastal flooding to the Massachusetts shoreline, from Cape Ann to Nantucket, as high seas driven by four straight days of gale force winds eroded beaches and damaged homes. More coastal flooding is anticipated during Friday evening's high tide, but it may be less severe than what has occurred … Read More

U.S. Drought Intensifies in Texas and Florida

U.S. Drought Intensifies in Texas and Florida

While much of the East Coast has seen heavy precipitation over the past two weeks, very little of that has extended into the Florida peninsula. According to the Drought Monitor, “abnormal dryness” pushed into all of southern Florida, while conditions of “severe drought” expanded in the eastern and central parts of the state. Meanwhile, relatively w… Read More

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

D.C. Snow No-Show A Lesson in Forecasting Uncertainty

The storm known to many as “Snowquester” appeared for a time like it would be one of modern meteorology’s shining moments, in which early warnings saved the government and millions of people time, money, and exposure to dangerous weather conditions. Instead, it turned into every weather forecaster’s worst nightmare — a bust of a forecast for a heav… Read More

Climate to Warm Beyond Levels Seen for 11,300 Years

Climate to Warm Beyond Levels Seen for 11,300 Years

A new reconstruction of the Earth's climate history all the way back to 11,300 years ago found that the planet has never been warmer than it is today, and that temperatures are likely to climb into unprecedented territory by 2100, due to increasing amounts of planet warming greenhouse gases in the air. The study, published Thursday in the journal … Read More

Coastal Flooding, High Winds Battering New England

Coastal Flooding, High Winds Battering New England

The National Weather Service is predicting moderate to major coastal flooding in several locations in eastern and southeastern parts of Massachusetts on Thursday and Friday as a storm surge combines with building seas to bombard the shoreline.… Read More

Storm Spares D.C., Pounds Coast With Wind, Water

Storm Spares D.C., Pounds Coast With Wind, Water

The threat of coastal flooding exists from Delaware northward into Massachusetts, as the coast stands to take it on the chin from high winds, pounding surf, and a storm surge that should average out to between 2 and 4 feet in many spots, but locally may be higher. … Read More

Concern Over Climate Change Grows, Poll Finds

Concern Over Climate Change Grows, Poll Finds

The percentage of Americans who are concerned about climate change and motivated to do something about it increased to 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a new poll. That is a jump of six percentage point over two years, which occurred as the percentage of Americans who are skeptical of climate change or doubt that it was have… Read More